The Proper Love of Self

 

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2017 is swiftly approaching and as the holidays conclude, and we vamp up for the new year, many of us will evaluate this thing we call love. I mean, who doesn’t love it?! It gives you total bliss, butterflies, makes you laugh immensely, let’s face it everyone wants to be loved. The million dollar question is how much do you love you?  Of course, a loving relationship with others is always a focus, but how often is the love of self properly thought about?
Self care and love is widely responsible for each and every decision one makes. From the way they’ll dress, to the friends they associate with, down to the mate they choose it’s all a factor. It might as well be the determining factor in our everyday lives. It dictates the amount of money you’ll take for a job, the type of vacation you’ll travel and plan, and what you’ll tolerate day in and day out. This area of self love is likely the most important part in living a life of fulfillment. We live life so fast to the point that self love is lost. We’re constantly reminded on how the love of others is crucial and it is – but how can you love another without properly loving yourself? The love that we receive and give is tainted by false impressions of love.

Essentially, the journey and necessary questions for self love need to look something like this. Start asking yourself who are you? What do you like and don’t like? What are your weaknesses and strengths? Ask yourself what are you tolerating and why? We have to begin to be very transparent with others and honest in our lives. We, as people often define love with the things we have. In actuality all that we’re doing is spending time covering up our insecurities. They’re disguised with work, multiple relationships, materials, and the solicitation, for acceptance.

I encourage you, as we end this year and start the new year that you evaluate your self love. This will set the tone for all you need, and I promise you’ll see manifestations like never before.  

 

I’m your biggest fan,

Kyla Nicole

*Kyla D. Pruitt Ph.D., ABD, CLC *

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